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Sangwon Seo

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Room 610, E2, Department of Physics and Chemistry, DGIST

Tel: +82 (0) 53-785-6535



Sangwon carried out his undergraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated with a first class honour degree in Chemistry with a Year in Industry (GSK). He did his PhD with Prof. Michael Greaney at the University of Manchester, and then moved to the University of Oxford to work as a postdoctoral research associate in the group of Prof. Michael Willis. In 2018, Sangwon joined the Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalizations, Institute for Basic Science (IBS), where he was mentored by Prof. Sukbok Chang to lead a small research team as a semi-independent PI (Young Scientist Fellow). Sangwon joined Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST) in 2023, where he is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics and Chemistry. Sangwon is a big supporter of Manchester City F.C. and enjoys playing football if not doing any chemistry.

Professional Experiences

Apr 2023 - present

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, DGIST

Feb 2018 - Mar 2023

Young Scientist Fellow (YSF), Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalizations, IBS

Apr 2014 - Jun 2017

Postdoctoral Research AssociateUniversity of Oxford

Sept 2008 - Aug 2009

Medicinal Chemist (Placement Student), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)


Sept 2010 - Mar 2014

PhD in Organic Chemistry, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Sept 2006 - Jun 2010

MChem in Chemistry with a Year in Industry (Integrated Bachelor & Master degree)

University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

graduated with a first class honour degree (equivalent to Summa Cum Laude)

Awards & Fellowships

Feb 2018 - Jan 2023

Young Scientist Fellowship, Institute for Basic Science

Jul 2017

RSC Travel GrantRoyal Society of Chemistry

May 2017 - Jun 2017

SCG Research FellowshipThe SCG-Oxford Center of Excellence in Chemistry

Sept 2010 - Apr 2014

Principal's Career Development ScholarshipUniversity of Manchester

Sept 2010 - Apr 2014

CASE StudentshipSyngenta

May 2013

Poster PrizeHeterocyclic & Synthesis Group 21st Grasmere Meeting

Sept 2012

Poster PrizeOrganic & Biological Symposium, University of Manchester

Aug 2009

Bronze Award GSK, GlaxoSmithKline

Sept 2007

Class Medal & Class of '59 Prize, University of Edinburgh (Top of the class)

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